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The Anticipation of Adulthood

The Anticipation of Adulthood

It’s a cliche to say it, but being a new adult is hard. For the last eighteen years, my life has been divided up into education and not-education. Everything was always temporary: I was at school, or I was at home, and sooner or later that would reverse and I’d be at home, or I’d be at school. When I was at uni, the year was divided into term time and non-term time, and I knew that wherever I was…

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Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

I’m currently line-editing Butterfly of Night, a novel about a screwed-up teenage assassin and her poor life choices. In June and July, I did a major plot rewrite with some big changes, and this month I’m rewriting the whole thing again for style, continuity, and because it’s too long and I need to cut as many words as possible. (I’ve cut 2411 words so far. I’m aiming for 5k overall, but I’m not sure how I’m going to get there.)…

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Looking For Joy

Looking For Joy

I went to a talk about LGBTQ+ representation in YA books called “The GaYAgenda” tonight, as part of Cambridge’s queer history month. The talk was given by a panel: Fox Benwell, Erica Gillingham, and Wei Ming Kam. At the end of the session the panelists were talking a bit about what they’d like to see in YA fiction: what tropes would they happily never see again? And what did they want to see more of? One answer came up in…

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Taking A Deep Breath

Taking A Deep Breath

I was going to be topical and post an anti-Valentines list of books that don’t centre around romance, for all the people like me who feel like an alien today for not being interested in relationships. However, I couldn’t actually think of enough books to make a post — I know they exist, but I didn’t have time to go hunting back through everything I’ve ever read, and I could only think of a handful off the top of my…

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Alphabetically Inclined

Alphabetically Inclined

Do I still think last week’s socialising was worth the effort, even after I slept until 6pm on Tuesday and was kind of out of it the rest of the week too? Yeah, probably. I just no longer feel quite so much like I beat the Fatigue Monster. I think it was letting me win, and then it came back twice as strong. I’m back at home now, having packed up all my stuff and said goodbye (for now) to…

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I Went To YALC — And Survived! (Mostly)

I Went To YALC — And Survived! (Mostly)

I promised myself I was going to blog about YALC immediately after I came back — that’s the Young Adult Literature Convention, for those who aren’t aware, which takes place in conjunction with London Film and Comic Con. However, I picked up some kind of stomach bug while I was there, and I was also so completely exhausted that I’ve spent the last couple of days doing as little as possible and hoping I feel better soon (that’s what the…

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Understanding Teenagers

Understanding Teenagers

Recently, I was working on a writing project that needed me to sound like a fifteen-year-old girl and, despite having been one of those only a few years ago, I found it hard to be sure whether I was getting it at all right. How could I strike a balance between writing how I wanted to write, and writing how I would have sounded at that age? I’ve always had a relatively sophisticated writing style by virtue of writing so…

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New To Me, Dear To Me

New To Me, Dear To Me

Hello, internet! I’m now back home for the Christmas break, and while I’ve got work to do, I promise I’ll actually blog on a semi-regular basis from now on. I totally got out of the habit this term — actually, I got out of the habit of a lot of computer-related things, like actually replying to emails or reviewing books or editing vlogs. I filmed one in week five of this term and still haven’t edited it, but that’s going…

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10 Things I’ve Learned Working In A Library

10 Things I’ve Learned Working In A Library

This September, I’m once again working in the library at my old secondary school. Imagine that: a whole month of gainful employment, the first job I’ve ever had in my life. It seems somewhat miraculous, despite the sad circumstances of me having this job. The new librarian isn’t due to start until the same week I go back to uni, so I’m filling in the gap. This term is a little different to the brief stint I did in July…

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Beautiful Friends

Beautiful Friends

I decided to tackle the ‘Beautiful People’ challenge/exercise/thingy that I saw on Cait’s blog (Paper Fury), because this time, the theme is friendship. And man, I am all about that friendship vibe in books, and I thought it would be a good way to tell you a bit more about The Knight Shift beyond how I’m approaching rewrites, which seems to be all I’ve talked about lately. This novel focuses on a group of university students, and there’s a lot…

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